Two Koreas open joint liaison office in North - pool report

US officials know North Korea won’t give up nukes — but Trump keeps getting tricked by Kim’s nice letters: report

US officials know North Korea won’t give up nukes — but Trump keeps getting tricked by Kim’s nice letters: report

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo pauses while speaking to members of the media following two days of meetings with Kim Yong Chol, a North Korean senior ruling party official and former intelligence chief, before boarding his plane at Sunan International Airport in Pyongyang, North Korea, July 7, 2018.

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and South Korean President Moon Jae-in will hold their third meeting this year in Pyongyang next week, when it is hoped they can help resolve a diplomatic impasse between the United States and North Korea.

The agenda for the meeting, set for 10 a.m. (4 p.m.in Prague), will be "to discuss the implementation and enforcement of United Nations sanctions on North Korea".

In an opening ceremony at Kaesong, South Korean Unification Minister Cho Myoung-gyon said the office will become the "cradle of Korean co-prosperity".

But critics have questioned whether the supplies provided to set it up are a violation of the multiple sanctions imposed on the North over its nuclear weapons and ballistic missile programmes.

Top unification officials from both countries will head the office, which will be staffed by around 20 officials from each country.

"These actions are meant to stop the flow of illicit revenue to North Korea from overseas information technology workers disguising their true identities and hiding behind front companies, aliases and third-party nationals", said Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin in an official statement.

A summary of the experts report obtained in early August by The Associated Press also said North Korea has not stopped its nuclear and missile programs.

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South Korea will station around 20 officials there, while the North will deploy 15-20 officials to the office.

The liaison office in the empty industrial park occupies a building previously used by junior-level South Korean government officials who oversaw the private sector operations at the complex.

The joint liaison office, seen as the start of a de facto embassy, is another step toward closer cooperation between the two Koreas.

The office is at the site of the Kaesong industrial complex, where for about a decade, South Korean companies ran production lines staffed by North Korean workers at the industrial park.

Kim has been eager to continue negotiations with Trump for the ensuring of security guarantees from Washington and the relaxation of the economic sanctions that have dealt a heavy blow to North Korea's economy, analysts say.

But nuclear diplomacy later became stalemated as USA officials demanded Kim take more significant steps before receiving concessions such as a joint declaration to end the Korean War. "We can not cease our efforts to mediate and facilitate talks from the middle until dialogue and communication between North Korea and the United States flow smoothly".

In a working-level meeting on Friday, the Koreas agreed to allow live television broadcasts of parts of the summit, Moon's office said.

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